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Re: [News] Microsoft Betrays Linspire (Already!)

Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> ____/ Mark Kent on Wednesday 18 July 2007 09:19 : \____
>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Microsoft Strikes GPLv3 Software From Linspire Patent Deal
>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>| Microsoft says software that's licensed under a new version of a popular
>>>| open source license isn't covered by the patent protection deal it recently
>>>| signed with desktop Linux distributor Linspire.
>>> `----
>>> http://www.informationweek.com/windows/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201001836
>>> Microsoft has already betrayed Novell. It happened a fortnight ago.
>> Haha!  Hardly surprising, this.
>> In case anyone hasn't realised, this has become Microsoft's anti-GPLv3
>> campaign, ably assisted by various open-source luminaries, naturally.
>> Microsoft's intent is that customer pressure will somehow force
>> Linspire, Novell and others to avoid GPLv3, who will then somehow push
>> back on the GPLv3 projects through forking or pressure to get them back
>> onto GPLv2.
> Terrific way of putting it. I haven't quite thought about it this way before
> and I hope you won't mind me borrowing it.

So long as you credit me, I don't mind at all :-D

>> It won't work, because they're trying to push a pyramid from the point,
>> but it's an interesting attempt.
> Microsoft is used to being at the top of a pyramid (or pyramid scheme). But the
> masses of developers (or DEVELOP~1 DEVELOP~1 DEVELOP~1 DEVELOP~1) are at the
> bottom and they are the /foundation/ of software?. What did Evans Data tell us
> very recently? Windows developers abandon the Windows platform and move to
> Linux. Can you blame them?

It's a good point.  The more they move, the less likely it'll be that
Microsoft's attempt to push the pyramid could work.

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